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Re: (TFT) Re: TFT copyrights

J. McGuire at jmcguire@wtsoft.com on 7/4/98 2:44 PM said:

>Regarding the original TFT rights: Yes, the asking price for the TFT rules
>was $250K. It was reduced in negotiations, but not far enough. There was
>animosity involved, but clearly that wasn't the only factor, since he
>*still* hasn't sold those rights to anyone. [_Heroic Worlds_ and personal
>communication with SJ]

Howard *liked* us (myself and my Fantasimulations Associates compatriots 
Greg Poehlein and Dave Tepool, who had run Metagaming's convention 
presence for many years). He offered it to us for $100,000 cash. Plus a 
10% gross royalty on all TFT products. Plus Howard was to hold all 
copyrights to all material produced, with it reverting to him should any 
of it go out of print.

Obviously, he had a much-inflated view of the worth of the property.

Of course, Howard's rapid departure from the world of game publishing 
left us with an all-but-useless license to produce TFT game accessories 
and a basement full of official TFT character sheets. (David finally 
donated them as scrap paper a few years back...)

My understanding was that Steve Jackson got the Ogre property when he 
left Metagaming over creative differences between himself and Howard. 
Their agreement gave Steve all rights to OGRE and Howard all rights to 

Overall, I think the chances that TFT itself is ever going to resurface 
again are vanishingly close to zero...

Guy McLimore / guymc@evansville.net
MC+ Creations Game Design and Consulting
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